The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is hosting a public input session on Monday, April 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm to solicit public feedback on potential boundary amendments to the Winchester Enterprise Zone. The input session will be held in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers located at 15 N. Cameron Street. City staff will be taking recommendations for possible property additions to the program and will be considering which properties to delete from the program.
The City of Winchester has experienced an increase in concerns from the community over individuals panhandling in the city. Panhandling isn’t illegal; however, the City encourages residents and businesses to not give money directly to panhandlers.
Beginning Monday, March 26, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,200 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system. It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.
Due to inclement weather, the following are closed/canceled today:
- All City of Winchester local government administrative offices
- Jim Barnett Park Recreation Center
- WinTran (public transit buses will not be running)
- All refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services
- Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center
Due to inclement weather, the City will close the following facilities and services early today, Tuesday, March 20:
The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department will demonstrate residential unit fire safety at Shenandoah University on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The demonstration will take place behind the Armory Building, located at 608 Millwood Avenue.
The Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer will hold public input sessions regarding potential options for billing vehicular personal property tax (“car tax”) on the following dates:
Daylight Savings Time begins March 11, and Winchester Fire and Rescue (WFRD) reminds community members to replace the batteries in each smoke detector in their home when they change their clocks.
The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide.
City Manager Eden Freeman has declared a State of Emergency for the city following a statewide declaration by Governor Northam at 5:28 pm today.
"Given the amount of damage to City property, the number of downed trees and limbs, and potential impacts to residents for damage on their property, I declared a state of emergency for the City at 6:45 pm,” stated Ms. Freeman. "This will allow us to be eligible for federal and state aid should the damage threshold be reached for the state.”
The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will host its first-ever Badges & Batter pancake breakfast on Friday, March 16th from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Moose Lodge, located at 215 E. Cork Street in Winchester.